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They enter Bobby's house and before they can get an answer, there's an undead looking lady setting the dinner table. In a sweet perky way she says she didn't realize he was bringing company. She rushes off the get more plates. More freaked out Sam and Dean looks. I swear, I never tire of those. Dean naturally asks who that is. Why it's Bobby's wife Karen of course! His new wife? No, that would be the dead wife. Dean takes this surprisingly well. Just wait!

Dean is having an orgasm over pie. He tells "Mrs. Singer" it's incredible. Coming from an aficionado like Dean, that's a huge complement. She thanks him. Sam gives him a bitchface, like pies made from zombies are evil or something. "What, it is," Dean says. Bobby asks Karen if she could give them a minute, so Sam and Dean give her a big smile as she disappears into the kitchen. Their faces drop, pies are pushed aside and now it's time for the berating.   I noticed Sam pushes away an uneaten pie. I've already floated the theory out there that Sam is so miserable because all he eats is salads. Turning down excellent zombie pie isn't doing him any favors either. 

Alright, back to the plot. Dean starts with "Are you crazy, what the Hell?" He's upset that Bobby lied to them and "girl zombie in there making cupcakes in your kitchen." Bobby gets offended, not appreciating the insult on his wife. Sam jumps in now, stating that whatever that thing is in there, it is not his wife. Bobby questions why Sam knows that, pointing out he's not an idiot. "My dead wife shows up at my doorstep I'm not going to test her every way I ever learned?" He doesn't know what she is. She's got no scars, no wounds, no reactions to salt, silver, or holy water. Dean asks how she just pulled herself out of her coffin and Bobby claims she didn't. He cremated her.   Whoa, Death can do that? That changes things. 

Sam says that's impossible. Hello, Sam, since when has anything in your world been "impossible?" Poor choice of words on your part. I would have used "implausible." He asks if he buried her ashes. Yep, at the cemetery. That's where everyone rose from. 15 or 20 to be precise. Bobby gives Sam the list. I'm assuming that's because Sam is the official list handler.   Bobby lists some of the people that come back, including the sheriff's son. Oh, so that's why she was pro zombie. Sam clarifies there were no omens. Well, maybe the lightning storms. Dean throws his hands up in the air in disgust and Sam gives a bitchface. Don't get these boys angry Bobby. You might get that reaction twice. 

Dean wants to know what else. Oh, this is a big deal he forgot to mention. Bobby pulls out the "little known translation" of Revelation. He reads a passage about Death. Oh what the hey, I'll transcribe, since Sam and Dean get all bothered by these words. "And through the fire stood before me a pale horse and he that sat a top him carried a scythe, and I saw how since he had risen they too shall rise. And from him and through him." One very irritated Dean confirms Death is behind this. Sam even goes for more clarification. "Death, death as in grim reaper death." Come on Sam, you were there when he was risen and actually conscious for it. 

Dean puts his hand over his face. "Awesome. Another horseman. Must be Thursday." Ha! That joke alone is funny given the show, but I was told it was also a Buffy reference. So that makes it cooler. Sam asks the golden question of the hour. Why would Death raise fifteen people in a "Podunk" town like Sioux Falls? Gee Sam, think really hard about that one. Bobby doesn't know. Dean goes out on a limb and theorizes if Death is involved, it's not good. Sam reads the bible for more clues. Dean comes right out with it. "You know what we have to do here." 

Poor Bobby is so heartbroken over the idea already and Sam is giving the puppy dog look of sympathy to prove it! Bobby says she doesn't remember anything, like being possessed or being dead. Dean tries to talk sense but Bobby doesn't like the condescending tone. This part chokes me up. "Just listen, okay? She hums when she cooks. She always used to hum when she cooked. Tone deaf as all hell but I never thought I would hear it again." 

Sam and Dean share those looks of worry and Bobby pleads to Sam's common sense. Read Revelation. It doesn't say anything about the dead rising being bad. "Maybe it's the one good thing that comes out of this whole bloody mess." Dean pulls the "what would you do if you were us" card, but he's not you Dean! Your dead wife isn't in the kitchen. He knows what he'd do, but he begs them with the trademark Sam Winchester "please" to leave her be. 

Sam and Dean must have agreed, for they're sitting in the local diner trying to decide what to do. Dean doesn't want to leave Bobby alone with "the bride of Frankenstein" but Sam mentions the head shot might not be wise in front of Bobby. Dean's going to watch Bobby, Sam gets to do the leg work. Dean leans against the Impala in the junk yard, watching Bobby's windowless house, and here's the shot of him doing so (for you Sablegreen!). This next shot is a fun trick from a new director. The camera closes in on Dean, then without stopping pans left and whoa! Karen is there. It freaks Dean out too.


She asks if she scared him and with a scared expression Dean says no. "There's nothing scary about you at all."  Oh, I love Dean when he uses statements of double meaning. She tries to get him to come in for lunch. Dean is good. She goes for the more pie angle. Dean isn't sure Bobby wants him inside. "Guess it'll have to be our secret, huh?" She likes him. She leads, Dean follows. Back to Sam, who gets to spy on zombies. He goes to the sheriff's house, where she and her husband are reading a book to their dead son. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Oh wait"¦

Back to Dean whose eating some luscious looking cherry pie. Yum, I want some. Pies are everywhere. Bobby is sleeping in the other room, so Karen closes the kitchen doors. Dean guesses that she likes pies. Ever since she came back, she can't stop baking. Dean wonders when she has time to sleep. She doesn't, which gives credence to the saying, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." She cuts to the chase. She knows Dean doesn't trust him. That's why he's there. She knows who he is and that Bobby's not the same scrap dealer she married. He hunts things, and she's a thing. This chick is really sharp, especially for being undead. It's refreshing to see a zombie with a brain.

Dean assumes she knows that Sam and him would never let anything happen to Bobby. She knows he's like a father to him, but she won't let anything happen either. She confesses she remembers everything. How she died, the demon taking over her body, everything. She accepts Bobby had no choice but to do what he did. Dean wonders why she doesn't tell him. "I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you've never been in love. He's my husband, my job is to bring him peace, not pain. Dean kind of gets it, but still has that "funny feeling look."


# Tigershire 2010-04-05 02:43
Ah, Alice. I love the way you recap an episode.

I mentioned this before somewhere on this site, but I'm gonna do it again. The actress who plays Bobby's wife is NOT the same actress as Dream a Little Dream of Me, however, she was in a previous episode, namely, In My Time of Dying - she was the nurse, dying on the floor.

She also happened to attend MY high school. Not the same year as me, but I still think it's cool.

And, I know it was a long time ago, and it wasn't for very long, but Dean did in face fall in love with someone. He loved Cassie enough to tell her about his life. That's something. Right?
# Maria 2010-04-05 05:05
I just wanted to ask what the "Must be Thursday" quote means. :D
# Julie 2010-04-05 09:49
Alice I love your recaps. Thank you.
The episode where they broke Bobby. This was just so painful to watch, but wasn`t Jim just wonderful in it. I think he broke all our hearts, the scene with the humming in the kitchen, the totally shattered look when he killed his wife again,and then the end!!!
I just loved the scene in the scrap yard with the `zombie invasion` great use of background music there too I thought.
I have to agree with you, I too think that Mr.Edlund was out grossed here (never thought I would type that!) I have eaten through every episode, the maggots in the sandwich, I ate along with Dean through the description of Doc Bentons escapades, but I will never attempt it through our meeting with Ezra, know it`s not real but how they even filmed that God only knows,poor Jared!
I am there with Dany too,suprise suprise , in that I would like to thank you for providing my new screensaver!
# Sablegreen 2010-04-05 09:53
Wow, Alice Superb! As for Sam bitch face at Dean eating zombie pie, I always remember when Sam kept Dean from eating food from the Winter pagan gods in AVSC. Like the idea of Sam feeling bad because he just eats salads. That never occured to me. I have be thinking one of two ways, he wants Dean to eat healthier, or he's afraid their might be some king of nasty stuff in it. Just trying to protect his brother. Either is sweet..

Thanks for the screencap of Dean and the impala! Love it.
# Ardeospina 2010-04-05 13:44
Great recap, as usual, Alice! That scene with the Ezra zombie was totally gross, but I for one think you should still include that stuff in your recaps. I mean, it happens in the episode, so it should probably be in there. Maybe just put that stuff in its own paragraph with a warning to skip ahead if you don't want to read the gross parts?

And poor, poor Bobby. It just killed me when he said that line about "how many times do I gotta kill her?" I really hope he can recover enough to provide support for the boys because I have a feeling they're going to need it before the end.

And I have to agree with Sablegreen: Dean does lounge very attractively. He must practice leaning up against things.

Looking forward to the Dark Side of the Moon recap!
# Bevie 2010-04-05 14:39
Love your recaps Alice!

And please don't cut out the gross. As suggested, just put them in with a warning and they don't have to be read if not wanted.

Also love the lounging Dean pic. He is a beautiful lounger indeed. ;-)
# Jasminka 2010-04-06 14:38
You don't sound like a romance novel, at all, Alice, this recap is as moving as it gets... Love it,hate it, love the episode, hate the episode, My heart breaks for Bobby.
I will always remember it, though, as the one episode I watched live in L.A.. No one can spoil that for me.

THanks for this, love Jas
# Randal 2010-04-06 15:36
Another fine recap (you are the master) but heartbreaking? This episode was a lighthearted, gay romp through verdant meadows pocked with yellow flowers.

Oh, you can't ever cut out the gross, ever. That would be a crime punishable by forced watching of C-Span. :D

Down with salads! Up with burgers and fries!
# Starfish 2010-04-29 01:29
Loved your recap (as per usual, of course) and thought I could clear up the Buffy reference. It's just like this one, really--Buffy aired on Tuesdays like this airs on Thursdays and, in talking about her little sister, she said, "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday."
# ADADF 2012-10-30 20:34
Just real quick, I don't know if it's been mentioned or not, and it is very late in mentioning this. But I used to live in Sioux Falls, and it's actually not a small town. It's the largest in SD (which isn't saying much), but at least I can say not everyone would know everyone and it's not too small. About 150,000 people live in Sioux Falls
# Mayflowergirl 2014-05-15 14:00
My favorite line is Dean: What's that smell? Is that soap??